Mike Luke

Mike Luke is the second most famous descendant of Crete, Nebraska fame, a haven for basketball knowledge that also produced Oregon head coach Dana Altman. But around these parts, we don't talk about Altman. We talk Wildcats. And Wildcat talk is Mike's obsession. An information junkie, Mike quickly earned on-air radio opportunities and made the most of them with a depth of understanding rare on Tucson's airwaves with his numerous contributions to the UA flagship station. That vast...let's call it what it is...obsessively geeky desire to delve into Wildcat lore: past, present and future, has been an invaluable asset for listeners on the radio. Now he brings that untethered knowledge to PHNX. If you want to know about the Wildcats, this is the place. And Mike is the guy.

Even though it’s early in the Pac-12 season it’s fair to say that Arizona is the favorite to win the conference and there are only four teams that truly matter. Let’s see how the other three teams stack up against Arizona. UCLA was the preseason favorite to win the conference. And with good reason. The Bruins returned everyone from a Final 4 team and the roster checks off almost every box from savvy point guard play in Tyger Campbell to a plethora of wings in Johnny Juzang, Jaime Jaquez and Jules Bernard who are battle tested and can all get their own shot in tough situations. The Bruins are also solid up front with Cody Riley, Myles Johnson and Peyton…

There is a lot to like about Sean Miller’s 12 seasons as coach of the University of Arizona men’s basketball team. Notable highlights included a .735 winning percentage, five conference championships, three Elite Eights and multiple seasons where the program enjoyed No. 1 rankings. On the recruiting front, with the exception of Duke and Kentucky, no program achieved more success. Much of that success had to do with an animation and vision, that, truthful or not, Miller was able to sell to elite prospects like 2019 McDonald’s All American and current Dallas Mavericks wing Josh Green. “When I decided to sign with Arizona there were a bunch of reasons, but a big part was I wanted to play in the…